More services will be changing as a result of government advice of avoiding unnecessary social contact in the continuing public health Covid-19 crisis.
Slough Borough Council and its staff are prioritising and protecting services for the most vulnerable with the unfortunate consequence of some events being cancelled or postponed.
In addition the decision has been made to scrap the current limits placed on concessionary bus passes to enable people to take advantage of supermarkets and other services opening specifically for more vulnerable members of the community. Holders will now be able to use their bus passes before 9.30am. More about the three month long scheme can be read here https://www.slough.gov.uk/news/newsdetail.aspx?id=21881
The changes to some services and cancellation to events are in addition to the closures already announced this week.
Events which have been cancelled include
• KBT Great British Spring Clean litter pick in Langley on Saturday 21 March, Colnbrook (Westfield) and Saturday 28 March, and in Colnbrook Village on Saturday 4 April.
• Autism Awareness Week activities at The Curve Slough (including the Autism Berkshire Conference) between 30 March - 5 April are postponed to a later date. Please follow Autism Slough Facebook page.
Changes to services from Friday 20 March until further notice
• Local access points are closed in Britwell, Cippenham and Langley.
• The Call Centre will now be operating between 9am-5pm.
• Landmark Place/MyCouncil will be operating 9am-5pm.
• Landmark Place/MyCouncil will be closed on Saturdays.
• The Bus Pass and Blue Badge service face to face interaction is suspended. Blue Badges can be applied for online, and if further evidence needs submitting please email: BlueBadgeTeam@slough.gov.uk.
• The Registration Service will continue to operate to record births, deaths and marriages. However, their assistance with the European Settlement Scheme is suspended until further notice.
• Funerals – we are making some changes and have been in touch with funeral directors.
• Weddings – there are some changes to protect staff, brides and grooms, and all wedding parties are being contacted directly by the service.
• All adult learning courses provided by East Berkshire Community Learning and Skills Services have been cancelled as of Friday 20 March.
• Libraries regular activities programme will be cancelled from Monday 23 March. Libraries remain open as normal.
All other public buildings including The Curve and MyCouncil, remain open.
The government announced all schools were to close from the end of day bell on Friday 20 March until further notice. There are reductions in year groups going into each individual schools and suggest parents check with their own school.
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The situation is constantly being monitored and the council will continue to provide a responsible and proportionate response to the situation facing residents in the borough.